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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Lactose free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • High in protein

Tender, easy and delicious, these slow cooker BBQ ribs are a set-and-forget wonder and full of sweet, smoky flavour.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time8 hour
  • Prep time10 minutes
Slow cooker BBQ ribs


  • 1.2kg Coles Pork BBQ Ribs
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • Hot chips, to serve
  • Coleslaw, to serve
  • Barbecue sauce, extra, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 1841kJ/440 Cals (21%), Protein: 27g (54%), Fat: 26g (37%), Sat Fat: 10g (42%), Sodium: 597mg (30%), Carb: 24g (8%), Sugar: 23g (26%), Dietary Fibre: 2g (7%).

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  1. Step 1

    Use a large sharp knife to cut the ribs into portions large enough to fit in slow cooker bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Combine the paprika, garlic powder and cumin in a small bowl. Rub mixture all over ribs. Combine the barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Brush mixture all over ribs portions.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange ribs in layers in the bowl of a slow cooker. Pour over any remaining sauce mixture. Cover with lid. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 3 hours or until tender.

  4. Step 4

    Preheat grill on high. Line a baking tray with foil. Use tongs to transfer ribs to the lined tray. Pour sauce into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer for 5 mins or until sauce thickens slightly.

  5. Step 5

    Brush ribs with sauce and cook under grill for 3 to 4 mins or until ribs start to char and caramelise. Serve ribs with hot chips, coleslaw and extra barbecue sauce.

Recipe tip

Clever storage: Place any slow cooker pork BBQ ribs leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

Slow cooker BBQ ribs recipe

Tender, flavoursome, falling-off-the-bone slow cooker BBQ ribs are probably the easiest, most impressive ribs you’ll ever make. Allow your slow cooker to take on most of the work, effortlessly creating more-ish succulent ribs and a sweet, sticky glaze. It’s a simple process, but one that yields first-rate results for a special weekend meal or, if you’re the organised type, a weeknight dinner that begins first thing in the morning. These slow cooker pork BBQ ribs get their flavour from a simple three-ingredient spice-rub as well as a three-ingredient glaze. Layers of sweet, smoky, garlicky flavours combine with slowly cooked pork for a real taste sensation. They’re basted a second time, with the sauce from the slow cooker that’s reduced to really concentrate those flavours, before a last blast under the grill to get those sticky, caramelised ribs everyone loves so much.

How to make slow cooker BBQ pork ribs

Start by cutting your ribs into portions manageable for your slow cooker. Use a pastry brush to brush the glaze all over the ribs. Arrange the ribs in the bowl of your slow cooker, pouring over any remaining glaze. Cover with the lid and set the temperature to low. You’ve got 8 hours of slow cooking to endure before you get to taste these beauties. Alternatively, you can set the temperature to high and cook for three hours. The results will be similar, but low and slow is better. Ribs are naturally quite tough, so the slow cooking will give them time to break down and become tender and delicious.

Love this recipe?

Can’t wait to serve up our BBQ pork ribs slow cooker recipe? For more rib-spiration, try these American southern-style BBQ pork ribs, slow-roasted sticky Chinese pork ribs with Asian greens or Korean-style beef ribs. Keep the slow cooker out for Mongolian lamb shanks and honey-soy pork belly that will be a surefire hit at every dinner table.